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The differences between the two novels Women of Brewsters place by Gloria Naylor and As I lay dying by William Faulkner are many and varied They differ in their tone style handling of characters and overall continuity That however is not the topic of this essay What I will be assessing is how these two authors handle the theme of family Do they find that family is a support or a trap for the individuals in the story Maybe both Do they differ in their way of thinking or are they of one mind on the subject I will start by dissecting each story based on these ideas then I will compare the two ways of thinking In Gloria Naylors Women of Brewsters place there are quite a few individuals each with her own story and her own trials and tribulations I will follow the flow of the story and talk about the characters in the same order as she has Mattie Michael has had a hard life She persisted on loving her son even though he brought her no end of grief In that sense she was trapped by her love for him but that same love when transferred onto Ettae Mae Johnson did bring joy in the form of companionship in her later days Also she was the impromptu mother-figure for most of Brewsters place but more specifically that of Luciella Louise Turner who when faced with the loss of her only child had decided to give up on life With nothing but love willpower and an unspoken sense of family was Mattie able to snatch her back from the brink of death In the case of Kiswana Browne we find both support and entrapment Although she was supported and loved by her family Kiswana saw them as an impediment to her life as seen by her independent eyes She
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